Biopolis Dresden Imaging Platform

MPI-CBG Light Microscopy Facility

logo of the Logo Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
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The mission of the Light Microscopy Facility (LMF) is to provide access to state-of-the-art light microscopy techniques and instruments along with a vision towards future trends. We assist through consultation, training and project collaborations.

The LMF is open to everybody who is interested to use our service. All users are asked to contact the LMF team first and describe their imaging project. After an introduction to the facility, users can book instruments and assistance via the LMF booking database.

In the field of image analysis LMF closely cooperates with the Image Processing Facility.


Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG)
Light Microscopy Facility
Pfotenhauerstr. 108
01307 Dresden

e-mail: lmf[at]
+49 - 351 - 210 2345
web: MPI-CBG LMF webpage

booking: scheduling database


  • Wide-field microscopy (fluorescence, phase contrast, DIC, dark-field)
  • Long term life cell imaging
  • Laser scanning confocal microscopy
  • Spinning disc confocal microscopy
  • Multi-photon microscopy
  • TIRF (total internal reflection fluorescence) microscopy


  • Light Sheet Microscopy (Z.1 by ZEISS)
  • High-resolution Microscopy (Airy scan by ZEISS, OMX by GE - Structured Illumination/SIM; N-STORM by Nikon)
  • Contact-free sample collection (ZEISS PALM MicroBeam LCM)
  • Intravital microscopy (Leica SP8 inverted)
  • Large area tile scans
  • Cleared-sample imaging

Facility Members


New Project Questions - Finding the optimal microscope technique/system for your project and sample  is not always easy. This PDF will help you narrow down the possibilities. Please talk to us, we aim to help you find the best possible solution.